The Peak to Peak Highway is an amazing piece of asphalt. It was a part of my journey every day of the trip and other than the draconian speed limit management it’s always a wonderful addition. I’d compare it to Skyline Boulevard in the Santa Cruz mountains. I’m sure it’s a staple of the Denver area riders as it affords great views and is an absolute blast to ride! Also, as of August 2012 most of the road is newly paved!
The last time I was out here in May of 2012 it was snowing. At least this time it was only raining. Leaving Estes Park the road climbs a little bit of elevation and runs through some amazing canyon country.
After leaving the canyons the road winds and winds.
A little ways down the road is a view of Long’s Peak. Long’s Peak is one of Colorado’s 14ers. That means it’s a peek over 14,000 feet. The clouds put a little bit of a damper on the photography but nonetheless the monstrosity was beautiful.
I’m not sure what the mountain was off to the right but it reminded me of Signal Hill in South Africa.
While those walking around taking photos of Long’s Peak I found this piece of the highway well off of the highway.
The Peak to Peak Highway varies in the terrain it meanders through. The beginning is deep canyon carving but then it winds through forested mountain sides as well.
In good Colorado fashion interesting paved roads turn to dirt roads. This is a side road back towards Boulder. The Peak to Peak Highway is all paved.
The V-Strom 650 was a beautiful bike to ride. I think if I was out there again I’d rent the same bike.
The waterfalls in Boulder Canyon were incredible. For as dry as Colorado is there seems to be plenty of water around.
The curves just go on and on!
It’s no wonder I saw a number of bikes
Can I say fresh asphalt again?
And yes it’s always great to see this sign. On this road there were lots of them!